ASUS have updated their gaming laptop series with three new models, the ROG Strix Hero and ROG Strix Scar. The Hero is a 15.6" laptop designed for MOBA gaming while the two 17.3" Scar models are intended for FPS players.
As you can see in the specifications, there is no difference between the Hero and Scar GL703VM-DB74 model apart from the size and response rate of the screen. There is a GTX 1060 in both, with an i7-7700HQ and 16GB DDR4-2400 and a 120Hz panel, though only the Scar sports a response time fast enough to make you competitive in a FPS. All models will ship with a 256GB NVMe PCIe SSD and a 1TB FireCuda SSHD with 8GB cache, offering a level of storage performance which is pretty much expected from a gaming laptop today.
The Scar GL503VS-DH74 is a different beast, keeping the CPU and memory but replacing the graphics with a GTX 1070 which powers a 17.3" G-SYNC panel. There was also a variant model announced, which is trims the size to 15.6" but increases the maximum refresh rate to 144MHz.
Fremont, CA (October 24, 2017) — ASUS today announced two new entries into the Republic of Gamers Strix series gaming laptops, the ROG Strix Hero and Scar editions. The Hero Edition is built for MOBA (Multiplayer online battle arena) gamers, featuring a full sRGB color gamut and 178-degree viewing angles and the Scar Edition is built for FPS (First-person shooter) gamers with a 120Hz panel and a quick 5ms response time. Both the Hero and the Scar Edition feature 256GB of ultra-fast PCIE-based storage, an additional 1TB SSHD, and 16GB of 2400MHz RAM.
ROG Strix Hero Edition
The ROG Strix Hero Edition is engineered to provide the best MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) gaming experiences with an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics to rule the on-screen action. It’s also equipped with cutting-edge storage, including a 256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD and 1TB Seagate FireCuda SSHD — plus up to 16GB of high-performance DDR4 2400MHz RAM.
The ROG Strix Hero Edition’s display is what sets it apart. It treats players to upgraded senses, enabling them to see the game world via a 120Hz refresh rate that decimates lag and motion blur, so everything is clearer and smoother. The IPS-type panel delivers a wide 100% sRGB color gamut, providing consistent light intensity, improved contrast, color accuracy and fidelity — allowing enemies to be picked out easily, no matter how frantic the action. The ROG Strix Hero Edition’s display also enables viewing at extreme angles of up to 178° vertically and horizontally.
The ROG Strix Hero Edition has a brand-new keyboard layout that accurately mimics desktop designs to keep gamers’ fingers fixed on the action, featuring four hotkeys and four customizable RGB-backlit zones. The ergonomic 0.25mm-deep keycap curve is comfortable to the touch, and the 1.8mm travel distance with ROG-exclusive Overstroke technology enables earlier actuation and a longer over-stroke distance – for fast, accurate and effortless keystrokes to increase the actions per minute. Specially highlighted QWER keys and N-key rollover further boost precision, and with the action guaranteed for 20-million key presses, the victories will just keep on coming.
ROG Strix Scar Edition
Taking both its name and design inspiration from the combat assault rifle packed by special forces and used in warfare, the ROG Strix SCAR Edition is crafted in gunmetal gray and finished with the cold, dark feel of bullet-proof Kevlar — an outward projection of the inner calm, focus and precision possessed by the finest fighters.
Featuring an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, the ROG Strix SCAR Edition delivers combat-ready computing power to rule the game. The Scar Edition also features cutting-edge storage — with a 256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD and a 1TB Seagate FireCuda SSHD — plus 16GB of high-performance DDR4 2400MHz RAM guarantees superior performance.
The ROG Strix SCAR Edition’s secret weapon upgrades gamers’ vision, with a super-fast 5ms response time and 120Hz refresh rate that work together to deliver smooth and accurate visuals and to eliminate motion blur. The 400cd/m2 panel ensures 60%-brighter visuals than low-end IPS panels from competitors; and soon, the ROG Strix SCAR Edition will also be available in a 15” variant with a 144Hz panel.
The ROG Strix SCAR Edition puts decisive control at the fingertips, with a brand-new keyboard layout inspired by desktop designs, featuring four hotkeys and four customizable RGB-backlit zones. An ergonomic 0.25mm-deep keycap curve is comfortable to the touch; and ROG-exclusive Overstroke technology enables earlier actuation and a longer over-stroke distance — for fast, accurate and effortless keystrokes that, along with specially highlighted WASD keys, N-key rollover, and a 20-million key press guarantee, will ensure that the losses are few and far between.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
The 15.6” ASUS ROG Strix Hero Edition GL503VM-DB74 will be available mid-November at a MSRP of $1599 from the ASUS Store, Amazon, B&H, Computer Upgrade King, ExcaliburPC, HID Evolution, iBuyPower, Mobile Advance, Newegg, Pro-Star and other leading retailers. The 17.3” ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition GL703VM-DB74 is available immediately at a MSRP of $1599 from the ASUS Store, Amazon, B&H, Computer Upgrade King, ExcaliburPC, HID Evolution, iBuyPower, Mobile Advance, Newegg, Pro-Star and other leading retailers.